Nat Searle


Swinegate Arch #1

Bringing life to derelict archways


Public art commission to renovate and invigorate a derelict archway in Leeds.

This archway was in a state of disrepair with rotten wood on the bottom half and a sign directing traffic the wrong way down a one way street.

There were some issues as work needed to be carried out between 10pm-6am, up a ladder, on an uneven pavement, just round a bend and next to a busy road.

My resolutions was to spray paint the design off site. I worked on multiple sheets of OSB board that I had pre-cut to size and that could be jigsawed together. These were then screwed onto the pre-existing boards, giving a fresh veneer and minimising time at the site.

Work was treated with an anti graffiti coating.